TORONTO CONFERENCE: 3-5 OCTOBER 2019

INTERNATIONAL ORALITY NETWORK | NORTH AMERICA REGIONAL CONFERENCE

1 WORD 4 ALL

Embodying Jesus in a Post-Textual Society

 
 
 
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About the Event

North America is increasingly becoming a post-textual society that relies on oral communication.  Our lives are more and more influenced through oral and visual means such as art, stories, songs, drama, audio, film, and digital media.  The term “oral communicators” is now being used to describe people in North America who prefer to use oral and visual communication.  This is a term that’s been used for decades to describe people in other parts of the world.     

 Globally, 80% of the world’s population are considered oral communicators by necessity or by preference.  Now, North America is joining the rest of the world in seeing an increase in oral communicators.  This includes people from oral cultures living in North America, as well as indigenous and First Nations people, the elderly, the visually or hearing-impaired, as well as “digital natives".

 This shift in the way people communicate, and are influenced, has a significant impact on churches, denominations, and ministries seeking to share God’s Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Traditional methods that rely on reading and writing are facing this changing landscape of different communication methods, different media channels, and the different thought processes of oral communicators.  The message of the Gospel has not changed, but how we communicate it is changing.

 The 2019 ION North America Regional Conference is open to all people interested in sharing the Gospel and making disciples of Jesus Christ.  Would you join us as we reaffirm the centrality and truth of God’s Word, while seeking ways to more effectively bear witness to Jesus Christ in this changing world?  

 

Venue

North York Chinese Baptist Church, 685 Sheppard Ave E, North York, ON M2K 1B6.


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Regional Communities

ION’s mission is to influence the body of Christ to make disciples of all oral learners. To do this we must become truly global as a network, as oral preference learners are in every people group.

 
 

- Gateways -

GATEWAYS ARE 7 AFFINITY AREAS AROUND WHICH WE ASSOCIATE TOGETHER TO LEARN AND COLLABORATE, DEFINED GENERALLY BY DISCIPLINE OR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE.

These may be active from local to international level, allowing anyone to engage in discipleship.

 
 
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RESEARCH & INNOVATIONS

Statistics; metrics; research projects; methodologies; technology…

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education

formal; informal; non-formal training: theological, leadership, government, market place…

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MEDIA

Mass; Collective; Micro; audio/ video scripture engagement; publishing…

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ARTS & CULTURE

narrative; drama; poetry; music; visual; rituals; traditions; symbols…

 
 
 
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DEVELOPMENT

community; medical/health; crisis & relief; social action micro-enterprise…

 
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focused OUTREACH

church planting; secondary orality; minorities & indigenous diasporas…

 
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Storying

crafting; practice of; training…

 
 
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Get Involved

There is a growing recognition of the benefits of Orality methods and strategies right here in the North American context. In spite of our highly educated society in the West, government statistics show that more than 50% are oral preference learners and communicators. 

Join us on this event as we work together to show examples of how Orality is working in churches and communities.

 

attend events and/or workshops

Whether you are a veteran Orality practitioner, trainer or scholar, or, if you are just now hearing about Orality for the first time, there is something for everyone. Visit our international events page.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer and learn about how Orality enables us to cross barriers and borders as the methods are used on missions trips, business missions, prison ministries, immigrant outreach and more.

donate to this important work

Your donations support the planning team to train, equip and engage new agencies and organizations as we prepare to meet the needs of oral learners globally.